Theme Panel: Democratic Legitimacy & Violence against Women

Democratic Legitimacy & Violence against Women: Policymaking in the Global South

This panel investigates the ongoing struggle for creating and upholding violence against women policies in countries from the global south. With cases from Latin America, South Asia, and the Middle East, these papers speak directly to the theme of this year’s conference, The Quest for Legitimacy. We examine, on the one hand, how states decide to acknowledge gender-based violence as a viable policy concern, and, on the other, how powerful cultural, political, and societal forces coalesce to undermine the effective implementation of laws established to curb violence against women. In analyzing how policies are formulated and challenged, we evaluate a wide range of actors involved in the articulation of what constitutes violence and against whom violence should be regulated. Among other questions, we ask: under what conditions does violence against women effectively become a legitimate concern for the state, and how are these claims challenged and delegitimized?

Laurel Weldon, Purdue University (Chair)
Celeste M. Montoya, University of Colorado, Boulder (Discussant)
Clifford Bob, Duquesne University (Discussant)

Transnational Governance, Local Politics, & the Gender Violence Law in Nicaragua
Pamela Jane Neumann, Tulane University (Author)Conservatives Contesting Feminist, Anti-Violence Against Women Policies
Cheryl O’Brien, San Diego State University (Author)
Shannon Drysdale Walsh, University of Minnesota Duluth (Author)Modernity, Globalization, & Gendered Violence in South Asia’s Security Complex
Runa Das, University of Minnesota Duluth (Author)Does Conflict Make Policy?: Securitization and Women’s Rights in Jordan & Kuwait
Summer Forester, Purdue University (Author)